"Why are you picking on the Bahais?," you may ask. I am not. Iran's has legitimate national security concerns about the Bahais, and here are two other serious reasons why that only individuals that do not care for Iran's security would dismiss out of hand.
The two stories you are looking at are from India's National Newspaper. India is not Iran: India is a country that welcomed the Bahais, so there is no blaming this on Iran's 'Mullahs.'
Executive Staff Members of the Organized Bahai faith (which is head-quartered in Haifa Israel) were caught red-handed, "smuggling classified defense documents" (engaging in espionage on behalf of Israel by misappropriating India's defense documents) and they had 'procured 80 false passports' to carry out their espionage activities. Some of the Bahais were originally natives of Iran who stated they 'fled human rights abuses.' They were caught in possession of state secrets that they had no business being in possession of: What's so hard to understand about this? They had set up a surveillance cell using 80 false and illegally obtained passports: What's so hard to understand about this?
The next story involves another Bahai espionage cell -- again outside of Iran -- that was setting up a bank fraud scheme to dupe people out of their life savings. That spy cell was broken up also.
For approximately 160 years the Bahai organization has been rejected by both secular and religious governments in Iran, including the people of Iran, and members of other minority faiths such as Christians and Zoroastrians which describe the group as "predatory" towards other minority groups. Numerous and reputable Iranian scholars and academics have described the Bahai organization as a national security threat to Iran for 160 years. For anyone to dismiss 160 years worth of admonitions out of hand by learned and knowledgable people that care for Iran's well-being is to gamble with Iran's national security.
As I previously mentioned, if the government of Israel can infiltrate armed militant groups to use them for their purposes, they can certainly take over an unarmed religious movement to offload their agenda in countries (particularly Muslim dominated ones) that require non-zionist fronts to effectuate Israel's agenda. Those that try to cast-off suspicion from the Organized Bahai Movement with sound-bites simply ignore facts, including facts like the highest U.S. appellate court finding that the Organized Bahai Movement tried to dupe Federal judges, restrict the civil liberties or people, improperly use the law to try to punish people that criticize them, and to even suppress their own followers. (See Federal Court Confirms Religious Group is Security Threat to Iran . ) And still people want to advance the canard that 'the Bahais don't get involved in politics'? Really? Facts are facts. Iran's national security is not for sale simply because someone dresses-up the issue in the cloth of "human rights." (See a 40 year veteran of the Bahai Faith and a Former Bahai leader states explicitly on video that "Bahais try to threaten, defame, and stalk" others to avoid talking about issues .)
If you care about Iranians, whether they are Bahai or not, you seek to inform them of the facts instead of letting National Intelligence Agencies of foreign countries use gullible people in Iran as pawns, discard them, and then shift to a propaganda narrative that paints Iranians as boogy-men who want to drink the blood of minorities. One of the reasons Iran has always taken a tough stance against the Organized Bahai Movement is because it is hostile to other minority groups, like Zoroastrians and Christians, often carried out through Bahai recruiting practices and even exploitation of those groups. The followers of the Bahai movement do not adhere to secular rules implemented for the protection of Iranian society and security - They follow a religious ideology and set of rules, and answer to a higher power whose management and center of operations is in Israel, and as such are ready-made for offloading Israel's agenda in Iran. Why do you think the Israeli government allows the Bahais to have hundreds of millions of dollars in land, property, tax incentives, and other perks but violently represses others including Christians, Druze, Muslims, and even Ethiopian and Orthodox Jews?
I wasn't born yesterday, and if you are Iranian I hope you also use common sense to see this issue from a secular national security perspective.
Iran's national security requirements must be primary, absolute, and non-negotiable and that holds true of past governments, the present government or any future government.
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